Arizona

Jan 11, 2014 11:04 AM by Associated Press

Prison unlikely for ex-Fiesta Bowl lobbyist

PHOENIX (AP) - An ex-Phoenix lobbyist whose former clients included the Fiesta Bowl will not have to serve prison time under a plea deal.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1fm0ESV) that Gary Husk is scheduled to plead guilty Monday to one misdemeanor charge involving an illegal campaign contribution.

David Leibowitz, a spokesman for Husk, says the Arizona Attorney General's Office in exchange will drop 15 felony charges, including conspiracy and election-contribution violations, against Husk and his firm.

If approved by a judge, the deal would likely only require that Husk pay $30,000 toward the cost of the criminal investigation.

The Attorney General's Office declined to comment on the plea.

Husk is accused of using his firm's money to reimburse staff after directing them to make specific political campaign contributions to high-profile politicians.

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